Dr. Paul Conrad received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on Indigenous peoples’ confrontations with the colonialism in North America, with particular interest in questions of captivity, forced migration, and enslavement. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from organizations such as the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Phillips Fund for Native American research, and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies. His book, The Apache Diaspora: Four Centuries of Displacement and Survival, was published in 2021 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. He is now working on a new project about the generation of Indigenous leaders who survived U.S.-run boarding schools in the late-19th and early-20th centuries and the roles they played within their communities after they returned home.

In his time at UTA, Dr. Conrad has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Native American history and literature, as well as the history of the American West. He has served as advisor for the Transnational History Student Organization and became Ph.D. advisor in August 2022.

Paul Conrad

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (2011)

Associate Professor (2015) & Ph.D Advisor

Department of History

Paul Conrad


Office: 322 University Hall

Areas: Native American History, North American West, History of Slavery